Wow. I have to be honest here- I've yet to read Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" in it's entirety. So I was a little bit worried that that might prWow. I have to be honest here- I've yet to read Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" in it's entirety. So I was a little bit worried that that might prevent me from fully enjoying this novel. Nonetheless, I was willing to give it a try, just because I loved Elizabeth Eulberg's first novel, "The Lonely Hearts Club", so much. And besides, I was able to enjoy THAT book immensely, even though I know virtually nothing about the Beatles.
"Prom and Prejudice" is as wonderful a read as "The Lonely Hearts Club" was. Eulberg's writing is such a treat, and I am beginning to think it impossible to read one of her novels without a huge, goofy grin adorning my face. She deftly incorporates humor, and strong realistic characters, all so real that you might forget that none of it is real. Lizzie is smart and witty, and her devotion to her best friend Jane was really touching, to me.
It seems like music has been a common theme in both of the author's books, which always helps to add to the overall story and the character's personalities. I was getting choked up just reading about all the emotion Lizzie was feeling at that concert, where she was so blown away by the style of the pianist playing. It's scenes like this that are a perfect example of how purely, realistically HUMAN Elizabeth's Eulberg's writing is.
Darcy was great, as was probably to be expected,and Charles and Jane's relationship was so sweet. For some reason, I liked Colin, too though. His droning monologues always made me chuckle. Lydia was a confusing character. I spent the first half of the novel wondering if the author was trying to get people to dislike her or feel sorry for her. By the time I got to the end, I realized that the author's aim was probably the former of those two.
The only thing that seemed sort of off to me was how small a role prom actually played in this book, considering the title, cover, and description. But maybe that isn't necessarily a bad thing.
All in all, I found this to be a truly delightful read, and definitely recommend it for anyone wanting something really fun. And even though I tell everyone this, if you ever get the chance to read Eulberg's debut novel, "The Lonely Hearts Club", DO IT! I'm already hoping that this author plans to write more in the future, because I just can't get enough of her fresh, lifelike writing style!...more
Morgan Matson's debut novel, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, is a pretty cute book. Despite the other reviews I saw for it prior to reading, which proclaMorgan Matson's debut novel, Amy and Roger's Epic Detour, is a pretty cute book. Despite the other reviews I saw for it prior to reading, which proclaimed it to be just this, I did not find it earth-shattering, or life changing. But there was nothing wrong with it, either.
This book has a solid plot, characters that undergo a fair amount of good development, and though the writing in nothing particularly ground breaking, it's still okay. So what's with the "meh" rating? Well, to be honest, this novel just seemed like a cute, fluffy summer read. Really nice, funny, occasionally witty. But despite some of the big topics it tries to deal with, it doesn't really come off as a memorable novel. It is enjoyable at the time, but hard to recount after one has finished with it.
However, one of the things I really enjoyed about this read was the author's miniature photo-tour (found in the back of the book) of how she took the same trip that her characters Amy and Roger embark on in the novel.Method writing is always something that has fascinated me, and Matson included all kind of fun tidbits like playlists and travel tips that were dreamed up by "Amy and Roger".
So overall, a pretty solid three stars. This book was a good summer read, and those looking for a decently written romantic YA novel can turn to this book if they're looking for a nice, light read. I'm not sure if I can recommend it, but if this book sounds like your sort of thing, it might be worth checking out. ...more